News – June 12, 2020

(Lomira) A Lomira woman charged in connection with the death of her three-year-old child was bound over for trial yesterday (Thursday). In March, Jamie Hildebrandt allegedly admitted to stepping her son after laying him on the bathroom floor to reach for more diapers and forgetting he was there. The autopsy report concluded that there were multiple blunt force injuries to the child’s head, chest and back. Hildebrandt also allegedly admitted to using make-up to cover the child’s injuries. When asked why she didn’t call 911 after the incident, Hildebrandt reportedly said that she believed the child was okay. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces no more than 25-years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 29th.

(Horicon) A Beaver Dam man charged with Homicide by Intoxicated use of Vehicle is heading to trial. Dustin VanderGalien waived his right to a preliminary hearing on 14 felony counts including several counts of Injury by Intoxicated use of a Motor Vehicle stemming from a multi-vehicle crash that killed one person last July. The 35-year-old allegedly drank a several mixed drinks prior to the crash. If convicted on all charges, VanderGalien could face no more than 165 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for August 12th.

(Reeseville) A Reeseville woman accused of raising an infant in a drug house entered into a plea deal yesterday (Thursday). Sara Schimmel entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Child Neglect but the court withheld a finding of guilt. Instead the 22-year-old was placed into a deferred prosecution agreement meaning she will avoid a felony record if she stays out of trouble while on probation for 18 months. The child’s father, 27-year-old Matthew Hansen, is also facing similar charges for his alleged role. The two allegedly admitted to Hansen’s routine drug dealings from their apartment. Last May, Hansen was shot by two intruders in near proximity to the child. Schimmel admitted to doctor’s that she used cocaine while she was pregnant.

(Dodge County) There are now 11 active public health investigations at various facilities in Dodge County, according to the state health department. Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira joins Bedrock HCS at Beaver Dam, Waupun Christian Home in Waupun and Marquardt Health Center in Watertown currently being monitored by the state. Health officials say investigations are underway at a total of five long-term care facilities, five workplaces and one is at Waupun Correctional.

(Waupun) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says an employee at Dodge Correctional in Waupun has tested positive for COVID-19. The state prison joins other Dodge County facilities including nearby Waupun Correctional and Fox Lake Correctional with staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus. Waupun Correctional’s count of 21 employees is the most in the state. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin National Guard collected over 1,600 specimens at Fox Lake Correctional on Tuesday and Wednesday. State corrections is also reporting a third inmate at Columbia Correctional has tested positive.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 333 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Thursday’s) daily update. There are 21,926 people now having tested positive. Three-point-six-percent (3.6%) of the nearly 9,000 tests administered came back positive Thursday, compared to 2.8-percent Wednesday and 1.9-percent Tuesday. State health officials are reporting 11 more deaths bringing that number to 682. Dodge County has four deaths and 414 cases, an increase of four from Wednesday.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is sending extra funding to hospitals to help cover losses connected with the coronavirus pandemic. Evers announced 40 million dollars in direct payments to hospitals as part of the federal CARES Act. That funding will be based on the amount of Medicare revenue those hospitals usually take in. Evers said the support is critically needed as the state continues to battle COVID-19 and ensure high quality care for Wisconsinites. Rural hospitals have been hit especially hard, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association says they’re appreciative of the assistance.